Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You're Smarter For. as West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka This Week Fought an FA Charge over an Alleged Anti-Semetic Gesture, DAN BEAVAN Looks at Other On-Field Antics That Have Landed Footballers in Hot Water

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You're Smarter For. as West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka This Week Fought an FA Charge over an Alleged Anti-Semetic Gesture, DAN BEAVAN Looks at Other On-Field Antics That Have Landed Footballers in Hot Water

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Footballers aren't known for political correctness are they? Not really, Anelka's not even the first to be accused of a fascist gesture. Paulo DiCanio made a straight arm, palm down salute while playing for Lazio in Italy and it's claimed he had a portrait of another controversial Italian right-winger, fascist leader Benito Mussolini, tattooed on his back.

As West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka this week fought an FA charge over an alleged anti-semetic gesture, DAN BEAVAN looks I take it he's a controversial character Just a bit, DiCanio was banned for 11 matches after pushing over referee Paul Alcock when he sent him off while playing for Sheffield Wednesday. That said, Alcock went down so easily he should have booked himself for diving.

at other on-field antics that have landed footballers in hot water ? Nicolas Anelka does the 'quenelle' That has to be the oddest incident yet Maybe, but nothing tops Eric Cantona's flying drop kick on an allegedly taunting Crystal Palace fan during a 1995 fixture for sheer shock value. The fiery French star had previous, even punching his own goalkeeper while playing for Auxerre.

? Players clash after Paulo DiCanio over the ref (far left) push? Cantona says hello to the fans Play-acting is common though, isn't it? Yes, but some take it too far. Brazilian star Rivaldo was time wasting in the 2002 World Cup, with his nation a goal up on Turkey. An opponent kicked the ball in frustration, hitting Rivaldo. The striker rolled on the ground clutching his face as TV replays showed the ball had actually hit his leg. So be careful after the final whistle? Or before it if you're marking Luis Suarez. The skillful striker was bought by Liverpool to add bite to their toothless front line, and he duly obliged by burying his gnashers in the arm of Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. …

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